Rockwood Music Hall Celebrates 15 Years on the Lower East Side

Posted on: January 8th, 2020 at 5:12 am by

Ben Harper and his mother, April 2014

To commemorate fifteen big ones in the neighborhood, a month-long birthday bash will commence at Rockwood Music Hall next month.

The Allen Street venue first opened its doors in 2005 and has seen the likes of Amos Lee, Elle King, Lady Gaga, The Lumineers, Matisyahu, Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, Ben Harper, and Sting with The Last Bandoleros, on its stage. Five years later, it annexed the adjacent space for Stage 2; then in 2012, Rockwood expanded into the base of the hotel next door, and launched Stage 3.

Through it all, the space has been a mainstay for artists in the in the early stages of their musical careers, and remains one of the few places left on the Lower East Side for indie live music.

“From the beginning, we chose to focus on the artist’s experience within the venue, and to support artists before, during and after their show,” owner Ken Rockwood said in a statement. “I believe this is what has established our success and allows us to continue to offer amazing shows to the live music lovers of New York City and visitors from around the world.”

Anniversary performances at Rockwood Music Hall will span the month of February and include a plethora of returning acts from the venue’s history.  Several nights have also been earmarked for special guests to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Friday (January 10) at 10am. Full lineup here.

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